Republicans will need to focus on the economy if they are to be a viable oppostion to Obama and the pogressive Democrats. In the link above Coburn describes our economic problems caused by political irrationality. It will take calm but laser-focused, reasonable voices in leadership positions to transition the political realm into a state of rational reform if we are too avoid financial disaster. Everything that can be cut form government must be cut, huge spending bills must stop, irrational regulations must be repealed and the private sector must be freed to operate productively.
There are other problems facing the nation, but our economic problems are primary. Republicans do not need to search for a slick political-machine to oppose Obama and progressives -- they only need someone with integrity and an honest desire to roll back State power to represent a nation ready for change in course and to get our financial house in order. The nation needs confidence and clear vision and straight talk.
Many have said that we should put ideology aside, but decades of ordering society through political means breeds ideologoues and Machiavellians, what today are called "pragmatic" politicians. We have become economically illiterate as industry and government have colluded to design society through political means for the needs of a powerful few. It will take a new direction focused on economic growth through economic means to put government back in its place. More Tom Coburns are welcomed.
This is not intended to be an endorsement of the Republican Party, but it seems the few people who articulate a clear understanding of our problems are Republicans right now. I would love to see a Democrat candidate arise who challenges the progressives and promises to turn the Democrats back to free market, limited government advocacy. If neither party comes forward, it's time to do something drastically different.